BACKGROUND OF JEREMIAH CENTER
Jeremiah Center aims to be a place of invitation to hear God’s voice of hope in the midst of uncertainty, suffering, extreme violence and desperation of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). This dark time is the result of a failure of leadership, both spiritual and political. Jeremiah Center aims to be a place where we hear God’s voice inviting us to embrace the pain of our region and to tirelessly work toward change. We desire to lead God’s people to see the light of Christ.
Located 22 miles west of Bunia, Jeremiah Center will host leadership training workshops, produce and publish scholarship, and be a needed place of rest and retreat for Christian leaders. Jeremiah Center will address the question of failed leadership by training Christian leaders to reflect on current circumstances, to learn from God and one another, and to network with others. Jeremiah Center will guide leaders to work together towards a common vision that inspires a movement of hope and transformed communities in the region. Such transformation requires the creation of resources fit for Congo that deepen our understanding of the situation in the region and our call as believers to become agents of justice and bearers of hope and newness.
A newly built school located 22 miles west of the city of Bunia was destroyed by war in September 2002. The board of the school has agreed to Jeremiah Center purchasing the land for $27,100. Opportunely, the site has the following buildings (without roofs but with strong walls and minimal need of interior rehabilitation): four houses for staff accommodation, one large building with six rooms (offices), one large building with four classrooms (to be converted to meeting rooms and a library), accommodation (16 dorm rooms), one dining room, one garage, and two water storage tanks. The total amount for land purchase, rehabilitation, furnishings, electrical system (solar system), conducting 4 conferences, and obtaining a shipment of books is estimated at US $520,000